Christmas Project {I’m Behind}

Hey all!
Trying to keep up with my promise of posting more often and I wanted to make sure that I got to this specific post before it was so long after Christmas.

Our tree has always, sadly, had a tree skirt that never quite fit. We got a larger stand that has several screws that go directly into the tree’s trunk, so it’s much bulkier than the traditional metal stands. I finally got fed up being able to see all the stand under the tree and wasn’t willing to spend lots of money on a skirt, so I found a Pinterest link that have a tutorial for an “Anthropologie like” tree skirt.

It was beautiful! Ruffles of linen? Bows to tie it in the back? Sold. So, I tried my best to follow the directions and got my supplies in order. I couldn’t find a drop cloth in the size they recommended, but I did have old IKEA curtains that were already damaged, so I used that as my base layer. I thought I had folded the curtain correctly and cut the right pieces, but of course I didn’t.

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So I put the semi circle pieces together, mended them, and continued on. I began by cutting my fabric into strips for the ruffles. I tried to make the width as uniform as I could, but there were some discrepancies. Be forewarned, this project takes A LOT of fabric and hot glue. Oh, and patience. Don’t be worried about burning your hands, either.

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I started on the outer ring of the skirt and worked my way into the center. I put the glue down onto the bottom layer first, then would fold the fabric into the glue. This way, I thought I would have more control of the fabric. It ended up being a challenge but the final product was definitely worth it.

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Once all the layers have been completed and dried, I added my bows. I used an entire roll of ribbon so I could have big bows. Because all the layers were finished, I was able to conceal the ends under the ruffles. I think that it turned out well! I wish I had better pictures. The color seems very buttery, but it was much more gold in person. Plus, I picked a fabric with a bit of sparkle (of course).

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Overall, this project cost me around $30 or $40 dollars. The fabric was the big expense, mostly because I needed more of it than the original tutorial suggested. The ribbon was only a few dollars and I already had the curtain for the base and the hot glue. Compared to the Anthropologie version, I got off easy!

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What do you think? Did you do any holiday crafts this year?

Xoxo,
Ashley

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Old Jars Make Desk Storage {Rust Goes Beachy Chic}

Just a quick little post!

I recently picked up these two adorable jars at a vintage sale.

These jars are the cutest. They have great, thick glass.

These jars are the cutest. They have great, thick glass.

They used to be jelly jars and they have a nice, rust to their tops.

I originally thought that I would cover up these rusted tops. I would pick the toppers and then spray the whole shabang. But then I realized...

I originally thought that I would cover up these rusted tops. I would pick the toppers and then spray the whole shabang. But then I realized…

 

Wouldn’t it be cool to embrace the rusty, vintage nature of the jars, rather than cover them up? And so I did. I also decided to go that way with the shells I glued on top. I must have tried four different pairings. Started with beautifully perfect shells, but it just seemed wrong. Then I moved to smaller, tulip conch shells, but they were too colorful and intact. This went on for awhile. So then I realized, I really needed to embrace the old, rustic charm. I plopped a piece of coral that was coming apart and another conch. This time the conch was covered in barnacles and age holes, pretty roughed up. They fit PERFECTLY. I couldn’t be happier with how these two little jars turned out. A little hot glue and drying time, and now I have two super cute jars.

What a great pair. I love the texture, age, and beauty of them both. They're going to look awesome on my desk.

What a great pair. I love the texture, age, and beauty of them both. They’re going to look awesome on my desk.

And what, you may ask, would even fit in these tiny jars that you fretted over? Well, I think they’re perfect for my tonnage of paperclips and binder clips.

 

See? They already look great on my desktop, holding exactly what I need.

See? They already look great on my desktop, holding exactly what I need.

 

So what do you think? This project was under $6 with the jars and the shells. I’m a sucker for office organization, containers, and shells, so this was right in my wheel house.

 

XOXO,

Ashley

Tile Goes Practical {$2 Coasters}

Hey all,

I plan on posting tomorrow (hopefully) some awesome pictures and sights from a full day of rummaging. But for now, I give you a quick and dirty tutorial to make tile coasters.

I found these pack at our local Habitat for Humanity store. The idea of making ten, quick coasters for only two dollars was completely appealing. Plus, isn't that blue just divine?

I found these pack at our local Habitat for Humanity store. The idea of making ten, quick coasters for only two dollars was completely appealing. Plus, isn’t that blue just divine?

 

Dots or felt circles, you choose. Just whatever you choose, just make sure they're level and will keep your furniture scratch free!

Dots or felt circles, you choose. Just whatever you choose, just make sure they’re level and will keep your furniture scratch free!

 

Square tiles are an easy, almost already made option. All you need is a few felt circles (which I already had) or some clear bumper dots. You don’t want your new tiles to leave scratches on your beautiful furniture. Place four dots at each of the corners and marvel at your work. I love the color of my coasters, but I am considering adding a bit. This is a really easy project to take up a notch.  You could use mod podge and glue down different papers, fabric, etc. You could use paint and sealer to add a bit of a design or free form on top. I think I will eventually edge mine in gold paint, giving them a little flair. Because they are unused tiles, the edges are raw and could use a little extra pizazz. Why not make it a little gold? So you head on down to a big box store (or a salvage shop like me) and get to work! Everyone needs coasters!

 
XOXO,

Ashley

 

Shelling Out For a New Project {Wall Letters}

Hello everyone!

Last night, while watching some old Walking Dead episodes, I decided to continue my shell-crafting binge. I picked up one of these paper mache letters at our local JoAnn’s just the other day ($4.50 with a 40% off coupon). I still have lots of project ideas for my future beachy office, so I figured why not start another! What I didn’t realize is that my obsessive side would seek absolute perfection and not allow any paper mache to show under the shells. This project took me about two Walking Dead episodes, which means it took about two hours total.

 

First, start with your empty letter.

So this is how it started. Seems easy enough, very straight forward.

So this is how it started. Seems easy enough, very straight forward.

 

Then, put out all the shells you intend to use. It’s easiest to sort them by size or shape, helps keep it organized. This way, when you have a space to fill, you can just quickly pick a larger or smaller shell to use.

 

Here are just a few of the shells I used. I set them out first, then started organizing.

Here are just a few of the shells I used. I set them out first, then started organizing.

 

Once you’re all organized and ready to go, heat up that glue gun and get to work! This is probably the hardest and most tedious part. I wanted to make sure that my letter wasn’t just adequately covered, but completely covered (except for the back so that I had a flat surface to mount it to a wall). I used a TON of hot glue. I mean really, I used a TON. This letter ended up being pretty hefty with the weight of the shells and the weight of the glue. I didn’t want any shells to fall off, so I used both glue on the shell directly and for some shells that were larger, I glued around the sides once it was already placed. And, after a couple hours and many zombies, I had a finished F.

 

There's a joke in there somewhere, I'm just not sure where.

There’s a joke in there somewhere, I’m just not sure where.

 

I’m going to leave it natural for now, but I may decide to spray it all one color for uniformity. We’ll see, I’m still not sure! Next up, a summer wreath with….you guessed it…shells!

 

XOXO,

Ashley

 

PS- Because of the coupon, and the fact that I already had the shells and the glue, this project cost me under $3. Total score.